Coronavirus Information and Update: Fall 2021 Plans

2012 Registration

  • “The National Animal Law Competitions allows students with a passion for advocacy specifically related to animal issues, to hone their skills to become better advocates. I have always enjoyed advocating for people who could not speak for themselves. By competing in the National Animal Law Competitions, I learned how to craft compelling arguments and learn how to present animal law issues to people who may not be as informed of the challenges that animals face. I enjoyed my time as a competitor so much that I signed up with Animal Legal Defense Fund and have assisted The John Marshall Law School as a coach for students competing in the National Animal Law Competitions. One of the greatest testaments of NALC is that it allows law students who are unaware of the plight of companion animals, farm animals, or even animals subjected to experiments, to become better stewards of those entrusted to our care. There is nothing like watching students evolve from supporters of animal issues to advocates of animal issues.” –Anthony Sam, JD, former competitor 

  • “As a trial lawyer for more than 25 years I was very impressed with the quality of the closing arguments of all the competitors. They performed at a level I would expect of a third year prosecutor, not a law student. And the winner was absolutely fantastic, particularly in her ability to think on her feet during the final round. Finding law students interested in not just the issue but bringing those who abuse animals to justice is particularly meaningful for those of us who have been working, often seemingly alone, in animal welfare enforcement.” –Josh Marquis, JD

  • “My partner and I chose to come back to NALC because we had such a great experience last year– thoughtful judges, a well-run competition, and thought-provoking practice problems. Connecting with animal law professionals and supportive members of the bench has been a great benefit of this competition and I would do it all over again in a heartbeat.” –Anna Bennett, UC Irvine Law 3L

  • “It is really amazing to practice real skills and get feedback from the most important scholars and practitioners in animal law. The competition fosters relationships between competitors but also amongst the staff and judges.” –Stefanie Wilson, UC Irvine Law 3L

Registration opened on Thursday, October 6th, at 1 p.m. (PST). It is highly recommended to read the competition rules in full before registering. To avoid confusion and potential registration problems, please be sure to internally coordinate how those competing from your law school will handle the registration process, including payment.

We will be using an online registration system this year.  Payment may be made by check or credit card.  Those paying by credit card must call with card info after registering online.

Registration should be completed by the individual competitor or by one team member on behalf of both in the case of the Appellate Moot Court Competition Those submitting registration(s) on behalf of a team or individual competitor should enter the email address of the competitor or one of the team members (Team Member A) on the first registration screen.  This is necessary as the email address will be automatically entered into the competitor field of the registration form. 

In instances where specific competitor information is still unknown, an interim contact from the school should be entered on this first screen.  Please note, the confirmation email will be sent to the email address.

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Required information on the registration form includes:

  • Law School name & mailing address;
  • Competitors’ names, year in school, email address, phone number, mailing address.  (Both team members’ info is needed for the Appellate Moot Court Competition. For those schools that hold internal competitions or the like, registration may be completed without specific competitor info.  This information, however, must be provided by November 15th.);
  • Coaches’ names & email address; and
  • The name, email address and phone number for a primary contact, in case of any registration problem and/or question(s).

The competition is open to law students currently seeking a JD from any ABA-approved law school in the United States.  See competition rules for additional information.

Questions?  Please contact Assistant Dean Pamela Frasch at 503.768.6967.

Registration Links

If it is after 1:00 p.m. on October 6th and you do not see open registration links, try a “hard refresh” on your computer (PC = Ctrl + F5; Mac = Command + R).

Legislative Drafting & Lobbying Competition ($225) - OPEN

Closing Argument Competition ($225) - FULL
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Appellate Moot Court Competition ($425) - 1 Spot OPEN